NYS Governor Cuomo: Keep Oneida Correctional Facility open
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NYS Governor Cuomo: Keep Oneida Correctional Facility open

    1. Charlotte Witzigman
    2. Petition by

      Charlotte Witzigman

      West Leyden, NY


NY Governor Cuomo wants to close Oneida Correctional Facility located in Rome, NY. Oneida Correctional is located in a small upstate NY city that can not afford another economic slam to their community. The city of Rome and Oneida County has lost many high paying employers, Griffiss Air Force Base, Rite Aid Distribution Center, Home Depot, ConMed and Rome Wire Mill. Many businesses are struggling and many more will close. This facility is at 80% capacity, contains the central pharmacy, state FPC and long term protective custody unit. This facility also holds the infirmary for both Oneida and Mohawk.  It is also the receiving facility for all inmates coming into the hub.  How is having to rebuild these two things in another facility actually saving tax payer money???  We still have to pay for inmates regardless of what facility they are in.  Also Oneida shares water and sewer with Mohawk as well as a shared power source.  What about all fiber optic cable that was just run?   What about all of the improvements to the facility over the past couple of years; ones that are still ongoing? What about the Oneida CERT team that protected our state capital after 9/11 and came to rescue to help out Mohawk when they has a riot? Oneida and Mohawk both sit on properties that the state owns free and clear, but yet is willing to pay to lease land that numerous other facilities are located on.  The closing of this facility would not only impact the city of Rome but numerous surrounding small communities as well. Closing this facility will not save any tax payer money or state money. Odds are it will cost the state money. Oneida Correctional needs to remain open in order to provide ecomonic stability in an area that is already in economic jeopardy. Please withdraw the order to close this facility.

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    News

    1. Support At Rome City Hall needed‎

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      7 pm July 13th at Rome City Hall, local legislators and Rome City Council will meet with the purpose being for the city of Rome to pass a resolution for Gov Cuomo to postpone the closure of the O.C.F.

    2. Another little tidbit

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      From a friend...."you know glenn beck and bill oreilly will be doing a show at the turning stone friday july 15th....they would love to sink there teeth into cuomo.."

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Rally #2

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      Also Save Oneida Rally on Tuesday July 12th @ 3:30 pm It will be at the Utica State Office building (on sidewalk off state property).

    5. 2 Rally's to be aware of...

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      This Sunday at the Boilermaker Race Finish Line in Utica...Gov. Cuomo will there handing out prizes. Race starts at 8 so be there by then. First runner finishes in less an hour and Cuomo will be there.....Go get em.

    6. The Fire is Burning Hot

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      Keep it up everyone!!! Lots of great ideas out there. And we are starting to receive support from local businesses as well. How great is our little city :) Thank-you Everyone!!! New article in the Oneida paper as well today. See the link.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Follow Facebook - link #2

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      see below statement.

    9. Follow Facebook

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      Please also take the time to like the following facebooks pages...
      Save Oneida Correctional Facility From Irrational Closure and Keep Oneida Correctional Facility Open

    10. Rally/Picket

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      A great big thank-you to all who came out to support Oneida Correctional Facility tonight and those signing this petition. Our voices were heard load and clear. Keep fighting and don't back down. Keep spreading the word. It's our turn now!!!

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. Sharing comments

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      Please try to keep your comments clean & to the point. Name bashing & foul language is not going to get us anywhere. It will only make us look bad & hurt our cause. Please keep it to the facts and how this affects you & your families. Thank-you!

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. News Channel 9

      Charlotte Witzigman
      Petition Organizer

      Join me for a picket tomorrow at 4:30 in front of the prison. Channel 9 news will be there.

    15. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Davis LEE CENTER, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      You are punishing us because we voted against your misguided gay marriage act. You are a sick excuse for a leader!

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    • Joseph Laskowski GUILFORD, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I lived in the Utica/Rome area for most of my life. OCJ has been there when we needed it now it is our turn to be there but go ahead and shut it down and then add to the problem of overpopulated prisons when you ship the inmates to another facility.

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    • AMY BATHKE ROME, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Our area cannot afford to lose any more jobs!

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    • Margaret Patterson MADISON, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      All these men and women have families that depeend on them..and if they have to move 3 hours away...not only does that affect the people working at the prison it also up roots the childern and that just isn't fair...Thank you for listening

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    • stephen bleau OGDENSBURG, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      i know how you feel when last ogdensburg correctional facility went throught the same thing but its not the same for you guys, it worse, we had time to fight it but you guys don't , i hope everything turn out allright

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